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Who: SentriLock is the official lockbox solution for NAR. As the leading electronic lockbox manufacturer and provider of property access management solutions, SentriLock operates in support of REALTORS® and the industry, offering an easy to use, reliable and secure system. Fundamental core values guide every action and decision to provide the best service and experience for your benefit. 

What: The SentriLock Bluetooth® REALTOR® Lockbox is the most secure, durable, and versatile within the industry. SentriLock’s reliable, multiple key access method, including via mobile app or keycard, helps to efficiently gain property access.

SentriKey Real Estate App


SentriLock is always finding new ways to improve its functions and features. The popular SentriSmart® app has been enhanced and renamed the SentriKey™ Real Estate app. Members can now enjoy an app with a more action-based layout, easier access to showing reports, and enhanced Bluetooth® connectivity that will especially please Android users. Learn more through this helpful tutorial.

To help you help your members get the most out of this member benefit, SentriLock offers an online marketing toolkit that includes ready-made flyers, social media posts, newsletter content, and graphics. Access resources .

How: Additional information about SentriLock’s lockbox and services is available at sentrilock.com

 

Associations: Contact SentriLock directly at 866-736-2322, email [email protected] or visit sentrilock.com/pages/contact-us

Brokers/Agents: SentriLock contracts with local REALTOR® Associations or MLSs to provide its products and services to REALTORS®. You can purchase lockboxes through your local Association or MLS, who can then authorize you to use the SentriKey™ Real Estate app, which allows you to manage your lockbox inventory, generate secure One Day Codes for access to your lockboxes, view access logs, and control your personal settings related to lockbox features and more.

Technical Support: Visit sentrilock.com/pages/contact-us and click Contact Support for issue-specific support or connect with SentriLock at 877-736-8745, or [email protected].

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As an agent, you work diligently to make sure that your real estate business is doing its very best. Part of growing a real estate business is working with people you are not familiar with. Usually working with new people is an exciting perk of a real estate career, but you should always be aware of the potential dangers involved with meeting strangers. Your safety should play an integral role in your career. Whether you're doing a showing, traveling in the car, or just beginning the paperwork for the sale or purchase of a home, you should consider how you can protect yourself should the situation call for it. Open Houses When working an open house, you will be going into home to show it to potential buyers. Prior to hosting the open house, tell a coworker or your broker where you'll be and how long you'll be there. One option to make sure everyone knows where you will be is to set a calendar invite and share it with your colleagues, making sure to include the date, time, and location of where you will be. Also, when you host an open house, pay close attention to those who enter and leave the home. Before you lock up at the end of the open house, go through the house to make sure that everyone has left. When checking the home to make sure that everyone has left, you should make sure to do this safely. You can try leaving the blinds fully open to the home or maybe go through the home with a colleague on the phone with you. In the Car As a real estate agent, you likely spend large quantities of time in your car. Make sure you stay safe by taking regular precautions to avoid any breakdowns. Take your car in for regular maintenance as needed so that your car is able to perform at its very best. And, as a general rule of thumb, make sure that you keep the fuel in your car at least half full. Identification and Meeting Someone New Identity theft is alive and well, especially in the real estate world. When it comes to filling out important paperwork, or even just meeting a new client, make sure you verify the identification of the potential client. Ask for at least two forms of identification when there are major documents that need to be signed. When it comes to meeting someone new for the first time, take the extra step to meet the new client in a public place such as a local coffee shop or your office. Taking this step to vet the potential client can help ensure that the person is who they say they are and that they are truly interested in a home. Staying safe as an agent is incredibly important for you. You will be working with many new faces and showing many homes for sale. Take time to be cautious and stay safe out there! To view the original article, visit the Homes.com
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Be proactive rather than reactive It's important to be proactive rather than reactive. When you're reactive, you're already in that situation to begin with and need to find a way out. Thompson says it's better to pay attention to the warning signs in order to avoid the situation altogether. When you're at an open house, it's important to practice situational awareness. Situational awareness means being aware of the situation that you're in. Thompson gives an example of this by describing a training exercise in which a person enters a room for 15 seconds and is then asked to give details about the room. At an open house, for example, be aware of all the entrances, find out whether the neighbors will be home, and locate the closest police station. Beware of financial scammers While physical safety is a top concern, Thompson mentions agents should also consider their financial safety, especially for crimes like wire fraud. He uses the example of a scammer sending an email from what appears to be a title company asking buyers to send their banking information to complete their transaction. Agents should be screening their messages and keep in mind that almost every institution will never ask for secure information through text or email. Safety solutions Thompson offers a few different options for reactionary safety measures. However, he stresses that these options are still not foolproof and are not preventative measures. He says that they're better than nothing, but they aren't the best. Forewarn is a preventative app that offers an easy way to do a background check on a potential client. While Thompons encourages agents to set up an initial public meeting for a new client, he says that this app will use a client's phone number to check public databases to see whether the person has a criminal history. Real Safe Agent is another preventative app, but this one is community based. 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